Professor Charles Egbu is Dean of School of the Built Environment and Architecture at London South Bank University, England, UK, where he holds the Chair in Project Management and Strategic Management in Construction. His First Degree was in Quantity Surveying [First Class Honours] – Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, and he worked briefly as a site Quantity Surveyor for a large UK construction company. His Doctorate was obtained from the University of Salford, UK, in the area of Construction Management. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB), Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), Fellow of the Association for Project Management (FAPM), Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA), and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is currently Vice Chair of the CIOB Policy Board.
He has lectured, nationally and internationally, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in areas such as construction economics, contract procurement, project management, construction management, construction process improvements, sustainable development, and Innovation & knowledge management in complex environments. His research is in similar areas, where he has attracted in excess of £25m from many research funding bodies – nationally and internationally.
He is a Visiting Professor to a number of Universities in Europe, Africa, and Asia. He has contributed over 350 publications in various international journals and conferences and has hosted, chaired and spoken at many conferences in his areas of expertise.
Director of Innovation, Mace
Having joined Mace in 2011, Matt was promoted to Director of Innovation in February 2017.
In his role, Matt is responsible for steering Mace in its ambition to be the catalyst for the next evolution of the construction industry. He drives the organisation’s innovation strategy and uptake of large-scale improvements, helping to embed a culture of innovation and a firm focus on productivity.
Matt supported the top line growth of Mace’s construction business from £600m to £2bn in 2017, and he played an important role in some of the business' biggest wins during that time. His career started in digital, having studied computing as part of his BA degree, and he is now aligning Mace’s interests with the innovation and technology being driven by the digital sector, as part of the transition to Industry 4.0.
Managing Director, West Gate Maintenance
Annette O'Connor, Managing Director of a small family building company based in North London. Annette works closely with customer partners to help resolve special issues and problems, subscribing to the belief that an innovative company cannot rest on its past success.
In a career spanning over thirty years, she has worked in both public and private sectors. Formerly Head of Construction at the University of Hertfordshire.
Annette has a BSc in Construction Management, is a Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. She sits on the CIOB Chartered Environmentalist interview panel.
Industry Strategist for Construction, Autodesk
Dominic Thasarathar is Autodesk’s primary thought-leader and evangelist for the Construction, Energy and Natural Resources industries.
His focus is the role technology can play in helping companies in these sectors improve performance and respond to changing markets.
A Chartered Electrical Engineer and Technology Executive, Dominic joined Autodesk in 2011 from a career spanning two decades in international capital projects – including roles with CH2M Hill (Chief Information Officer, CLM Delivery Partner), Bechtel (Asia-Pacific Manager of Project Systems) and Laing O’Rourke (Project Lifecycle Systems Manager).
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College and professional membership of The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The British Computer Society and The Energy Institute. His experience encompasses projects across the Oil & Gas, Mining & Metals, Power, Civil Infrastructure and Building sectors.